The story of the people buried in the Arawhata cemetery is a story of hardship, pain, early death and failed settlement.
Between 1875 and 1878, around 400 immigrants, mainly Germans, Poles and Italians, were dispatched in Jackson Bay.
Jackson Bay, now at the end of the road going down the west coast of New Zealand's south Island, was inhospitable and very isolated.
The bush needed to be cleared, but instead of sending immigrants with an agricultural background (labourers etc.), it had been an outlet for people unable to find employment...
The cemetery is now almost invisible with Nature reclaiming the land. Only 13 graves are still visible.
Kodak Portra 400.